03 December 2012 ~ 14 Comments

TVS Apache RTR 160

The TVS Apache RTR was launched in 2007 and ever since has become one of the companies’ flagship bikes. The TVS Apache RTR 160 technically comes in the 150cc segment since there aren’t too many bikes in the 160cc space. The bike is powered by a 159.9cc 4 stroke single cylinder engine delivering 11.19 kw power and 13.1 Nm torque. In case you were wondering what RTR stands for, it is ‘Racing Throttle Response’. Other features on the bike include roto petal disc brakes, a wind-resistant tank and a sculpted digital display. The TVS Apache RTR 160 is priced at Rs. 71,340 ex-showroom in Delhi.

TVS Apache RTR 160 Mileage

TVS Apache RTR 160 Mileage

There doesn’t seem to be an official mileage claimed by TVS on its website at least. According to BikeDekho, the claimed mileage of the TVS Apache RTR 160 is around 54 kmpl. This is lower than the mileages claimed by other 150cc bikes like Yamaha SZ-x or Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler. The Yamaha FZ16 though only claims 50.81 kmpl of mileage.

Customer Mileage Reviews

Reviewing the RTR 160, MyIndiaGuide notes that the bike does not have too broad a wheelbase and that has helped it maintain a pretty decent mileage for a 160cc at 50 kmpl. Customers reviewing this bike on Yahoo Answers report a mileage of anywhere between 50-58.5 kmpl. It needs to be noted that except for one user, the rest have not reported above 55 kmpl on their Apache.

The reported mileage is the same on PriceArena. The website has reported the mileage of Apache RTR 160 at 50 kmpl. IndiaMart though has a more conservative figure. According to them, the fuel economy on the Apache RTR 160 is not expected to be more than 42 kmpl on city roads while this could increase to 54 kmpl on the highways.

The best mileage review comes from BikeAdvice. In a review of the bike phase-by-phase, writer Saran notes an extremely impressive mileage of 65 kmpl during the first 1750 kilometers. Post that, it fell down to 62 kmpl for up to 4500 kms. This mileage appears to have fallen down to 56 kmpl till 9000 kms. We could take 56 kmpl as the mileage reported by BikeAdvice for the long term.

BharathAutos provides a more realistic picture. In their review, the website has noted a city mileage of 45 kmpl which can increase to 50 kmpl on highways. The review is similar from IndianDrives that reports a mileage of 50 kmpl on the RTR 160.

Looking through MouthShut, there are over 200 reviews who together rate the Apache RTR 160 a 4/5 on mileage. Customers who have reported the mileage on the site claim the city mileage to be around 50 kmpl while the highways mileage has been reported to be 55 kmpl. The fuel economy reported on the city though goes down to as low as 40 kmpl on some reviews. So overall, one can say that the realistic mileage for city conditions is anywhere between 40-50 kmpl while that on highways is around 55 kmpl.

On Olx, the mileage reported by various customers selling their Apache ranges between 35-55 kmpl. That’s a huge variance and so if you are looking for more specific numbers be rest assured that the customer reporting 35 kmpl definitely looks like an outlier and so the average mileage you may expect is likely to be between 40-50 kmpl.

So should you go for an Apache RTR 160? Well, the bike has other complaints like significant vibrations at high speed. The mileage doesn’t seem to be a great problem given the fact that bikes in this segment tend to do worse than this. So our recommendation would ┬ábe to go through the product reviews of other bikes, take this one for a test drive as well before deciding on a bike. Here is a summary of all mileage reviews

Source City Mileage (kmpl) Highways Mileage (kmpl)
Official 54
MyIndiaGuide 50
Yahoo Answers 50-55
PriceArena 50
IndiaMart 42 54
BikeAdvice 56
BharathAutos 45 50
IndianDrives 50
MouthShut 40-50 55
Olx 40-50

14 Responses to “TVS Apache RTR 160”

  1. BIKASH BURNWAL (dhanbad ) 27 April 2013 at 12:27 pm Permalink

    new Apache rtr 160 red Colour 2013 model i have and that is very good bike.

    • Ruturaj 30 August 2013 at 4:24 am Permalink

      please tell me what mileage I can expect on Pune roads ( moderate- heavy traffic) provided I take good care of the bike and don’t strain the engine at all in the first 6 months or so ? I’m thinking of buying
      1. Apache RTR 160
      2. Honda unicorn
      3. Yamaha SZ R

      my main concerns are :
      1. mileage
      2. sturdier model
      3. low maintainance costs
      4. Looks

      Please suggest. I’m buying within this week !
      Thanks.

  2. BIKASH BURNWAL (dhanbad ) 27 April 2013 at 12:30 pm Permalink

    Its give me 50- 55 average.

  3. bhaskar banerjee 4 July 2013 at 9:05 am Permalink

    white is the best…….

  4. Bonku @ tvs apache rtr 18 July 2013 at 1:51 pm Permalink

    My elder brother has a new TVS Apache RTR 160. The bike is very good. It is very powerful. The mileage I got is not constant. It varies from 45 to 52 Kmpl.

  5. Karhik N 9 August 2013 at 11:07 am Permalink

    Pls dont buy tvs apache bike

  6. dhanasekaran 29 August 2013 at 3:56 pm Permalink

    Hi, i’m going to buy apache RTR 160.
    how’s the bike.?

    • Prabu 27 October 2013 at 2:27 am Permalink

      It’s a race bike for Indian roads. If you like racing, then go for it :)

  7. Krishna Mohan 6 October 2013 at 12:12 pm Permalink

    Hi guys, I had bought my beast 2 months back. It is really awesome . I am totally flat for its rowing sound. And not only that, I am also getting a mileage of 57 kmpl. It’s awesome

  8. Prabu 27 October 2013 at 2:28 am Permalink

    Is there any difference between the old and the new beast model?

    • Abdul Moiz 2 November 2013 at 2:46 pm Permalink

      There is not much difference in the power and the mileage but the looks are!. The older one is more bulky and heavy looking than the 2013 edition. The new variant is more sporty and has decent lookd. Then why wait? Go for the beast!!!

  9. Jai 18 November 2013 at 4:49 pm Permalink

    I am planning to buy Apache 160 cc. Are there vibrations in the latest model? Also how is the engine life? I mean will there be too much maintenance after 2 to 3 years? What mileage should I be expecting in a city like Pune? Please suggest.

  10. MAHESH 11 December 2013 at 1:24 pm Permalink

    Hi I bought Apache RTR 160 old version a year back. It gives a mileage of 40-43 even after 4th service. Can you people guide me on how to get a better mileage

  11. Robin Roy 27 June 2014 at 3:57 pm Permalink

    I have a new Apache RTR 160 (green colour) 2013 model. This is a very good bike and gives 65 kmpl on highway roads.


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